Blogging as reflective practice
You are reading a blog that started off about art practice-based research charting
the journey of doing a phd. It explores alternative ways of using hand held devices
to create print-based interactive artworks using graphical tagging such as QR-codes.
Art, design, technology and craft were the main themes in writing. But life gets in the
way, and over this journey the story takes unexpected happy twists along the paths
of having a baby, going on a UK Digital Economy Sandpit, meeting fanstastic people,
and subsequent group success in funding for a large multidisciplinary research
project called TOTeM.
Entries in internet of things (3)
Just stumbled upon the Internet of Things, Top 100 Thinkers on the Postscapes Internet of Things website, and have just discovered that they rate the TOTeM team at number 68 in the Top 100 thinkers. Nice to know that people like us. I was surprised to see Rhizome at 89, who I have always had huge respect for, but maybe that's because it is more art and less specifically aimed at IoT.
I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things after being on maternity leave, though most of it for the TOTeM project, rather than my own work. At the moment, we (the TOTeM team) are guest editors for a special issue of the journal Future Internet, and have a call for papers out, here is the info from mdpi :
Special Issue Information
“Spimes are manufactured objects whose informational support is so overwhelmingly extensive and rich that they are regarded as material instantiations of an immaterial system. Spimes begin and end as data. They’re virtual objects first and actual objects second.”
Bruce Sterling, Shaping Things, (2005).
The special issue of Future Internet is focused on topics encompassing the emerging technical and cultural phenomenon known as ‘The Internet of Things’. The term is attributed to the Auto-ID research group at MIT in 1999, and was explored in depth by the International Telecommunication Union who published a report bearing the same name at the United Nations net summit in 2005. The term, ‘Internet of things’, refers to the technical and cultural shift that is anticipated as society moves towards a ubiquitous form of computing in which every device is ‘on’, and every device is connected in some way to the Internet. The specific reference to ‘things’ refers to the concept that every new object manufactured will also be able to part of this extended Internet, because they will have been tagged and indexed by the manufacturer during production. It is also envisaged that consumers will have the ability to ‘read’ the tags through the use of mobile ‘readers’ and use the information connected to the object, to inform their purchase, use and disposal of an object.
The Call for Papers includes:
- Internet of Things communication systems and network infrastructures.
- The Geography of Things: Location and tracking of objects.
- Applications of the Internet of Things.
- RFID and Tagging Technologies.
- Security, Privacy and Issues relating to linking ‘things’ to location and users.
- Issues relating to the connection of everyday objects to the Internet.
- Emerging Standards for an Internet of Things.
- The creative and artistic potentials provided by the internet of things.
- The impact of the internet of things on current art practices in areas such as (but not limited to) authorship, archiving, design, exhibitions, gallery spaces, locative media and the original artwork.
All manuscripts should be submitted to email@example.com with a copy to the Guest Editor. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. Papers will be published continuously (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Future Internet is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. For the first few issues, to be published in 2009 and 2010, the Article Processing Charges (APC) will be waived for well-prepared manuscripts. English correction and/or formatting fees of 250 CHF (Swiss Francs) will be charged in certain cases for those articles accepted for publication that require extensive additional formatting and/or English corrections.
Finally I am back from my travels across the globe, and I am rather glad because it means I can actually knuckle down and do some work. It has been rather hard to do so when one is on the road and has so many people to see along the way.
Since I’ve been away things have progressed a little further with the EPSRC Digital Economy Sandpit project, called TOTeM, that we have been working on. We now have a website, though the content still needs a bit of fleshing out, it does at least give you an idea of what TOTeM is about. If you are looking for a research job or phd studentship, and are interested in "The Internet of Things" we will be posting full job descriptions up soon, so bookmark the site.
While we are getting the TOTeM project underway, I now have a couple of months to devote time to getting on and making artworks. Already though, with a baby on the way I am wishing there was a way for midwives appointments and antenatal classes to be contained on an USB flash drive and just uploaded to or from my brain as needed, so I can get as much as possible done before the wee bundle of joy arrives.